Monday, October 17, 2005


Teen Spirit's band had a big talk the other night: sort of a group therapy session minus the therapist. The band just sort of thought they needed to get things out on the table. Problems were coming up. Personalities were clashing. Bad feelings were going unexpressed. Truth be told, the kids were getting annoyed with one another.

"We didn't play much music at last night's rehearsal." Teen Spirit said Saturday morning.
"Really, why not?"
"We just talked." he said.
"About the music and stuff?" Smartmom asked.
"No we talked about what's been going on with the band."

Smartmom was glad that Teen Spirit mentioned it. He is loathe to confide in her anymore. Well, he does from time to time. Just not as often as he used to. He knows she is nosy so she tried not to sound too interested in his revelations. "Uh huh. Oh really. That's interesting," she said intermittently as he told her what went on.

From what he said, it sounds like they were really able to express their feelings and get things off their chests in an honest and gentle way. Smartmom wanted to ask Teen Spirt what the band members had said about him.

"So what did everyone say about you?" she asked nervously.

"They said I'm a really, really good bass player. But that I need to learn some music theory. They think I need lessons."

Smartmom stayed quiet, dying to hear how he felt about their comments.

"So I want to take lessons. I need to learn more theory." Teen Spirit said after a long pause.

Smartmom was elated. There is nothing better, she believes, than for an artist to recognize for himself that he needs more technique. Obviously, Teen Spirit knows why he needs to learn to read music and understand scales, and chords and key signatures, and all that. He's a little paralyzed without it. Sure he's got a great ear: but there's just so far you can go with a great ear. Yes, he's wildly musical: but he needs to be able to jam with ease.

Later that day, Smartmom and Hepcat went right to the source: Craig's List, and looked for a bass teacher in Park Slope. They found two and e-mailed them immediately. One of them got back to them right away. Teen Spirit starts his bass lessons right in the living room this Tuesday afternoon.

And so it begins. Teen Spirit is getting really serious. Doing what he needs to do.
Learning what he needs to know.



At 10:49 AM, Blogger Udge said...

Very good! a very mature and intelligent reaction to the situation. (And points to you for waiting calmly :-)

Um, don't kids get music instruction in school these days?

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Little Light said...

Like you said, cool.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger misplacedpom said...

I only just realised you were back, and a good thing it is too.

At 5:19 AM, Blogger m.fairfield said...

Take heart...Paul McCartney, a well known bass player, cannot read music, and I suspect he's a little short on theory as well.


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